From the category archives:

Preventive Care

Women’s Preventive Care Services to be Covered at No Cost

As of today, most insurance plans will have to cover specified women’s preventive care services with no co-pay or other cost-sharing requirement for consumers. Eight [...]

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Overview: Proposed Federal Rules for Increased Medicaid Payment for Primary Care Providers

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed language for implementing the Medicaid primary care rate increase under [...]

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HHS Issues Proposed Guidance on Medicaid Pay Bump for Primary Care Services

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a proposed rule outlining the approach it intends to take in implementing a temporary Medicaid physician [...]

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Facebook Provides First-of-a-Kind Service to Help Prevent Suicides

Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the nation and Canada. [...]

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Assessing and Improving Medication Adherence

Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act are designed to promote quality improvement and improve health outcomes. Research indicates that poor medication adherence can be an obstacle to these [...]

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Medicare to Cover Obesity Counseling with No Cost Sharing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced this week that preventive services for obesity will now be covered by Medicare with no cost-sharing requirements [...]

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CMS Approves Medicare Coverage of Depression and Alcohol Screening in Primary Care

On October 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced two new preventive benefits for Medicare beneficiaries: annual screening for depression as well as [...]

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Opportunities for Behavioral Health Agencies to Take Advantage of Health Reform

A new report from George Washington University outlines how state mental health and substance use agencies can take advantage of new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act. [...]

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Affordable Care Act Prevention Grants Will Support SBIRT, Tobacco Cessation

The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it was awarding $137 million for programs to strengthen local programs supported through the Substance [...]

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Including Behavioral Health in Essential Health Benefits

The National Council has joined the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Mental Health America, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors [...]

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